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The short story, "Franny", takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her.

The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown i...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Back Bay Books (first published 1957)
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Feb 10, 2014 s.penkevich rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Poems between books on shelves
I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.

The blinking cursor that preceded this review, the place-holder of possibility before the big bang of creation, speaks volumes when taken in relation to J.D. Salinger’s exquisite Franny and Zooey. In a novel about identity, about forging who we are from a blank slate in the void of society and humanity, we are constantly called to the floor and reminded how often we impose our ego, or wishes, our desires, and become a caricature of ours...more
This is great; it really is. In many ways it’s the anti Cornwell-Patterson-Grisham-King-Coben-Brown. Franny and Zooey isn’t fast paced or plot driven; it isn’t thrilling (in the traditional sense), and its concepts aren’t surfaced-based or easy to come by (or even embraced by the mainstream populace), but Salinger didn’t write for these people; he wrote for himself and if you identified with what he wrote, good for you -- if not, so be it. Even so, it’s not flourishy or fancy; there’s nothing pr...more
I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I'm one of those people who's read "Catcher in the Rye" like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve. I buy into every cliche said about it: it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen-speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid-hero, etc. I have such an emotional attachment to the book that I find it hard to tolerate much criticism of it. Case in point: I recently...more
Sep 16, 2007 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
If you liked Catcher in the Rye more than your average novel, then you probably have considered reading Franny and Zooey. It's one of very few books that J.D. Salinger wrote because he kind of turned into a weird old recluse. I was really excited about reading this. I expected big things. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
Problem number one: Zooey, who is essentially the "protagonist" (or one of two main characters) is pretty much identical to the main character from Catcher in the Rye, H...more
Did you know that Zooey Glass was voted People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1961?

What? No, I’m kidding. Why would you have ever believed that? Did you think the magazine even existed back in ’61? Geez.

But if it did, fictional or not, Zooey could almost certainly have been a contender. And back then he would have been eligible, too. Of course, you wouldn’t get the Zooey Glass looks without a little of the Zooey Glass attitude, and are you sure you’d want to have dealt with that? It was a littl...more
Mike Puma
Mar 15, 2013 Mike Puma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the literarily inclined
Shelves: 2013

The blurb above, by the author, suggests that the two ‘stories’ included in this volume are, in fact, separate stories. Wikipedia, the source of all information easily obtained, and perhaps even correct and/or true, suggests the volume contains a short story and a novella. I, and others, will suggest to you that, regardless of origin and intent, this volume works very well as a novel. Nothing I’d care to fight over, argue about, or stake reputation on, just sayin.’

In the Franny section (chapter)

Jan 31, 2013 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: and she gave away the secrets of her past
Recommended to Mariel by: and she expressed herself in many different ways
I'll tell you one thing, Franny. One thing I know. And don't get upset. It isn't anything bad. But if it's the religious life you want, you ought to know right now that you're missing out on every single goddam religious action that's going on around this house. You don't even have sense enough to drink when somebody brings you a cup of consecrated chicken soup- which is the only kind of chicken soup Bessie ever brings to anybody around this madhouse. So you just tell me, just tell me, buddy. E
"Well you are stupid Mum, you are one of the most stupid people I know, really what were you thinking when you decided to even read this for God's sake." Lights another cigarette. "I mean to say, for God's sake, it's full of this kind of histrionic dialogue with incessant overuse of italics, and the people in it don't so much speak as hold forth as if they were on the stage somewhere for God's sake, and they just go on and on about Jesus and chakras and anahata and all this goddam mystical stuff...more
Dec 08, 2010 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone on the planet
Shelves: top-20
I swore to myself that I would write a review of this book before the end of 2010, so here goes. I should issue a warning - I'm totally stoked up on hot Jameson toddies due to this nasty cold that took over my body on Monday (recipe: ample whiskey, cloves, lemons and suagar, all of which you mash together - and this is important - BEFORE you add the hot water; then guzzle as the situation demands). But then, it was unlikely that I would ever be able to review this - one of my top 3 books of all...more
Seth Hahne
I am the luckiest person in the world. The last few months have led me through an unbroken string of good books. I have had so much fun reading that I'm just in love with books right now.

And isn't that the way it should be?

In any case, Salinger's Franny and Zooey is the most recent in what I hope will be a continuing tradition of engaging, well-written stories. I have to admit I approached the work with some skepticism, having been wholly uninterested in Catcher in the Rye when it was forced up...more
Yesterday was the day of Rakshabandhan, an Indian festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters, and I spent this day a few thousand miles away from my siblings. Last night I spent 2 hours at the dinner table talking to my roommate about those years when I used to celebrate Rakshabandhan at home with my sister and brother, about the years when we were growing up together. After yesterday's somewhat long dinner, I picked up Franny and Zooey from the page where I had left it t...more
Edited to include visual: "Disaffected Young Adult," which is a picture of MFSO, used with his permission, with the following explanation (in his words): "I refer to it [the picture:] as 'Too Much Fun' and that it's from the end of my first year in college in the summer of 2004 while in the midst of three days with no sleep or food and a lot of chemicals."

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As a former Salinger aficionado, I wanted to look back and consider how I felt about Salinger now.

In Salinger’s two-part novel, Franny an...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Accidenti, » disse, « ce ne sono di cose belle al mondo. E quando dico belle intendo belle. Siamo degli idioti a svicolare sempre dalle cose. Sempre, sempre, sempre lì ad annotare tutti gli accidenti che capitano al nostro piccolo e schifoso io ».

Capitano, talvolta, degli incidenti straordinari. Tu sei lì con la guardia abbassata, a carezzare il tuo piccolo e schifoso io, e d’un tratto le parole giuste ti cascano tra capo e collo come una secchiata d’acqua fredda (o meglio, come un confortant...more
One day last year I was hunting around the web for some factual anecdotes about J.D. Salinger drinking his own urine and stuff like that when I came across this semi-legit Salinger biography site. Just a straight up old fashioned Angelfire page, big boring blocks of Times New Roman and a randomly placed graphic here and there. But it had a lot of great information about all of Salinger's fetishes and neuroses, and I was really digging it all until I got to this little parenthetical aside where t...more
I am of a certain group of people for whom high school ruined large swatches of literature. Dickens. I hate Dickens. I hated A Separate Peace. And I hated Catcher in the Rye. Why must 10th graders dissect literature to the point of obscenity? Can't we let a book be a book? Must we catalog every leitmotif, every metaphor down to the last period?
Franny and Zooey appeared on my bookshelf thanks to my well-read boyfriend, who did not let the public school system get to him in the way it got to m...more
I'm just interested in finding out what the hell goes. I mean do you have to be a goddam bohemian type, or dead, for Chrissake, to be a real poet? What do you want — some bastard with wavy hair?

Here we've got a pair of beautiful goddamned crises of the ego. It's easy to talk about Salinger like he's a period piece, like Norman Rockwell, greasers, or car fins, but he's really good and rhythmic here, with foaming mad dialogue and fearful trembling neurotics.

Salinger seems to me to be one of the ma...more

Ten days after having finished reading this mysterious object of a "book", I am still at a loss to find words that can actually explain what it is exactly that I felt while reading this most puzzling piece of writing.

Its melancholy and elegance were only matched by its mannerisms and lack of focus. I still have absolutely no idea what it was trying to achieve or even what it was trying to say. As much as I enjoyed being suffused in its delicate atmosphere, I was also mostly gasping for air, for...more
I just don’t know how I feel about Franny and Zooey. I really don’t. I read it a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t write anything about it, as I couldn’t decide if I loved it, just liked it or absolutely hated it. I can rule out hating it I suppose, as I finished it and I never finish books that I truly despise. And I don’t think I loved it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t. My overall reaction, by process of elimination, is a general ambivalence. Part of my issue here is the damn star rating. Two makes...more
Something my Uncle Bob once told me about his days as a competitive bridge player always stuck with me. He said the further he got into it, and the more advanced the players were, the less fun it all became. I guess at some level it got to be a serious business – one where everyone wanted to show that they were as smart as or smarter than all the other laser-focused competitors. Any social element of the game was beside the point, or worse still, a distraction. J.D. Salinger’s idée fixe for many...more
Mar 03, 2014 Melanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone lucky enough
This restless, fierce, biting little novel has me hands down beat. I don't even know how to praise it truly I'm reeling and also mentally tabling every time I turned away a cup of consecrated chicken soup. At least I'm still in love with Yorick's skull

Franny: I can't think of thirty or so pages as evocative and haunting as you unable to shut out all the static. Zooey showing you how, somehow through all of his own static, is the greatest act of love.

This novel is very special. I dropped it like...more
Feb 18, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you
Recommended to Stephanie by: Ryan Vande Kraats
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It reads so much like a play that I suspect the only reason it wasn't is that Salinger was scared shitless that it would actually be [mis]performed:
And if you go into the theatre, will you have any illusions about that? Have you ever seen a really beautiful production of, say, The Cherry Orchard? Don't say you have. Nobody has. You may have seen "inspired" productions, "competent" productions, but never anything beautiful. Never one where Chekhov's talent is matched, nuance for nuance, idiosyncr
“Tutto quello che la gente fa è così…non so: no sbagliato, no. neppure stupido, e nemmeno meschino. Solo così insignificante, così minuscolo, così…deprimente. E il peggio è che se ti metti a fare il bohemien o qualche altra stranezza del genere, sei conformista lo stesso, come tutti gli altri, solo in modo diverso.”

Il libro parla di due giovani, Franny e Zooey, ultimi di sette fratelli della famiglia Glass. Tutti e sette i fratelli hanno avuto un’infanzia particolare; essendo molto intelligenti...more
Okay I am finally going to admit that I am never going to finish this book. That's right I can't bring myself to finish reading a classic book that is only 100 pages long. But I just can't stand to have Salinger break my heart again. I am now going to make everyone hate me but reading him is like reading Stephen King for me. I start the book and I am so happy and I think it's great and then he disappoints me so throughly that I want to throw him out a window.

Okay lets start from the beginning I...more
Petra SockieX
I read this so long ago. I had enjoyed, or at least identified with, Catcher in the Rye, so I thought I would try this, which is much less known. And for good reason. I think his teenage angst had run its course and when he didn't feel it anymore he couldn't manufacture it for the book,nor transition into one more concerned with adult emotions.
sometimes I just need a little dose of the Glass family to put life in perspective, so I'm re-reading this
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 01, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-non-core
1-44 Franny and her boyfriend, Lane in a restaurant. Fanny not feeling well and fainted. Lane cancelled the sports event they're supposed to attend to take care of Franny.

45-119 Zooey, Franny's older brother, is taking a bath while his mother, Bessie is telling him that he is taking so long. They are arguing about trivial matters. Zooey is so disrespectful to his mother as he calls her by her first name and he curses big time. Samples on how he talks to his mother:

"Who the hell said it's g...more

Si può scrivere a lungo su questo breve romanzo diviso in due parti, come due racconti separati, intitolati a ciascuno dei due fratelli minori della famiglia Glass, la bellissima e fragile Franny e l’altrettanto bellissimo Zooey; si può dire che è un libro senza trama, tutto dedicato a far conoscere i due personaggi e indirettamente la famiglia Glass, una qualunque famiglia americana eppure diversa da tutte le altre; si può dire che le pagine scritte da Salinger sono poesia, che...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
After some gentle persuasion (and threats) from fellow goodreaders, I decided to try Salinger again. I read Catcher in the Rye years ago, in high school, and frankly, it did nothing for a high school girl concerned about boys and extracurricular activities. So I was put off of Salinger way back in the day. Maybe timing is everything. Maybe Franny and Zooey rocked my world because of things going on in my life now. I dunno.

What an incredibly dysfunctional, crazy family! Thank you Glass family,...more
Jun 28, 2007 viola rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007, own
this might be repetitive. i already wrote this and lost it.

three things:

one - the thoughts in this book make it exciting to read. i agree with most everything zooey has to say, and i appreciate having a chance to see a few things from a new perspective. the beginning was far more exciting before we spent another two hundred pages discussing the same ideas to death. all in the name of making us understand f+z a little better? maybe.

two - i read fiction for characters. i get attached to them....more
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Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980. Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II. In 1948 he publishe...more
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